The Catalina area is an unincorporated area of approximately
8500 people located approximately 14 miles north of Tucson. Our
community's approximate boundaries are: Oracle Junction on the North, the
Big Wash on the West, Catalina State Park on the South, and the Coronado
National Forest on the East. Oracle Road is the main north-south traffic
artery. The only government infrastructure available to provide services to
this population is the Pima County government.
In the absence of a local government,
the Greater Catalina/Golder Ranch Village Council, which is composed of elected
volunteers, offers a community forum for citizens and provides an
interface between citizens and governmental bodies.
The Catalina area is largely rural but is evolving toward a more suburban
setting as new developments move into the area. However, individualized
single family dwellings, whether adobe, wood, or mobile, still dominate
the scene. Catalina is host to a large senior population particularly in
the "Snowbird season" from November through April. Hispanic people
are a large segment (estimated 30%) of the population. There are modest
numbers of Asians and Native Americans in the served area.